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Re: Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Well....a sweat lodge ceremony can differ...there are as many ways to conduct this ceremony as there are Native American Tribes but the consistant things are: the lodge is built from willow saplings or some other supple wood frame. This frame is in the form of a half-dome and covered with blankets and tarps. Adjacent to the lodge is a fire pit used to heat up rocks. These rocks represent our oldest living relatives. When the stones are hot, they are brought into the lodge where the participants have gathered. Water is poured onto the Stones creating steam. Sometimes sage is burned on the hot stones or as a smudge stick (made of white sage). The Sweat Leader holds the sacred space and helps the participants with prayer and songs. It's a ceremony of purification and prayer. In the heat and the darkness of the lodge, you come closer to yourself, closer to Creator, and closer to understanding each other.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: Cersgarden@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Artemisia ludoviciana
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2003 20:57:59 EST

In a message dated 12/6/03 9:39:07 AM, jesserenebell@hotmail.com writes:

<< Native
>friends dry the plant and
>then use it in their sweat lodge ceremonies. Burning it signifies prayer,
>and purification." >>

Jesse, what is a 'sweat lodge' ceremony?

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